On November 14, 1851, Moby Dick, the famous novel by Herman Melville, was published. In celebration of that here are 5 quotes from the book.

My comments are more about the thoughts this week than the pens, inks and papers. I am far from a literary critic, but these quotes do lead to some thoughts.

Mon, November 13, 2017

Call Me Ishmael. - Herman Melville

Pen: Visconti Divina
Ink: Edelstein Smoky Quartz
Paper: Apica Grid Notebook

This famous first line is often found on lists of the best opening lines of novels. In three carefully chosen words, the reader already starts to wonder about this person. Is Ishmael not his real name? Why is he using an alias? Should I trust him?

Tue, November 14, 2017

It is not down in any map; true places never are. - Herman Melville

Pen: Karas Pen Company INK
Ink: Franklin-Christoph Spanish Blue
Paper: Apica Grid Notebook

Places are certainly on maps all the time. In 1851, there were still plenty of unknowns but I don’t think that is what Melville means. True places refers to the essence of a place. What is it truely like? Certainly there is more to a place than a location on a map.

Wed, November 15, 2017

Moby Dick seeks thee not. It is thou, thou, that madly seekest him! - Herman Melville

Pen: Jinhao X750
Ink: J. Herbin Blue Ocean
Paper: Apica Grid Notebook

This quote hits to the heart of Captain Ahab’s drive. Ahab’s all consuming drive for revenge against the white whale involves delusions to justify all sacrifices. No amount of pleading by Ishmael breaks through the delusions.

Thu, November 16, 2017

For all men tragically great are made so through a certain morbidness… all mortal greatness is but disease.

Pen: Lamy Safari XF Nib
Ink: Lamy Dark Lilac
Paper: Apica Grid Notebook

Looking deeper at many people who have achieved greatness, many flaws are exposed. Achieving what our society calls greatness often requires many sacrifices in other parts of a person’s life.

Fri, November 17, 2017

Thus I give up the spear. - Herman Melville

Pen: Karas Pen Decograph 1.1 nib
Ink: Robert Oster Tranquility
Paper: Apica Grid Notebook

Well Moby Dick is a tragic tale. Ahab sacrifices all in the end having never accomplished his mad goal.

p.s Write your own first line.